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Pianist Garrick Ohlsson's "strength, sensitivity, and stylistic insight" (San Francisco Chronicle) is on full display as he performs Beethoven's Emperor Concerto led by San Francisco Symphony Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt. The work's heroic and triumphant character stands in stark contrast to the tumultuous political backdrop of occupied Vienna where Beethoven lived and worked. Also on the program, a masterpiece of Scandinavian music, Stenhammar's Symphony No. 2.
Take a peek behind-the-scenes and experience a San Francisco Symphony performance in the making. It begins at 8:30am with coffee, doughnuts, and a half-hour informative talk at 9am. Then, watch as the conductor and musicians collaborate to bring the music to life.
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Symphony No. 2
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5